Traditional symbols of Halloween are witches, goblins, demons, ghosts and the devil. We tend to think of these figures as harmless folk fantasies and creatures of childrenís imagination, but is that the truth? To get a clearer picture, I first checked with the dictionary.
Next I went to Scripture to see what God has to say about it. Did you know that the Bible looks on all of these things with a great deal more seriousness than most of us do?
Demons and evil spirits were something to be cured of and freed from in New Testament times.
ÖHe cured many people of their various diseases, and He cast out evil spirits.
ÖHe healed women and He had cast out evil spirits. Among them was Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons;
As for the Devil, the New Testament makes it clear that he is not the cute little guy in the red suit, nor is he the guy who encourages you to indulge in harmless fun. He has an agenda.
1 Peter 5:8
The Devil is your great enemy. Watch out for his attacks. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for a victim to devour.
Put on all of Godís armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.
Jesus clearly states His opinion of the Devil.
He was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. Lying is what he does. He is a liar and the father of lies.
Finally, remember that Paul urges Christians to make every effort to be sure that the image others see in them shows all the virtues and excellencies of Christ.
Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused.
God set the example of how we are to live. We are His dear children.
1 Peter 1:15
But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.
When considering the question of Halloween, take into account the origins of the tradition, the personalities of the characters and what the Bible, Godís letter to us, advises. After that, it comes down to conscience. Playing dress up and getting treats may be a harmless game, but knowing Whom we honor is serious and takes a daily discipline. What will you teach your children concerning Halloween? If we are His, we are to follow the example of Christ.
(Definitions taken from The Random House College Dictionary)
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